Posted on Saturday, 26 May, 2012 | 70 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
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Justin Schmidt has spent his life being stung by insects on purpose in order to find the answer.
The University of Arizona entomologist has developed the Schmidt Sting Pain Index in which he ranks the world's worst insect stings along with a rating of 1 to 4 and a description of what they feel like. Schmidt's top 10 worst stings includes such horrors as the bald-faced hornet ( described as "similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door" ) and the yellowjacket wasp ( described as like "extinguishing a cigar on your tongue". )
The very worst insect sting however is the infamous bullet ant with a sting so painful that is like "fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail grinding into your heel."
"Most of us will have felt the pain of a bee sting."